Lagos State Students in Public and Private Schools have emerged winners in four major competitions held in Abuja between 27th February and 15th March 2021, following their participation in the National Junior Engineers, Technicians, and Scientists, (JETS) competition; Sustainable Development Goals Competition for Junior Girls; World Science Day Competition and Y2020 Robotics Competition (State Finals).
The Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, commended the team of students and teachers for making the State proud at a formal presentation of the awards on Tuesday, stating that “Lagos State Students have continued to distinguish themselves in various competitions at State, National and International levels due to the strategic investment in the Education Sector by Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and consequential improvement in teaching and learning outcomes in all schools across the State”.
At the presentation of the awards held at the Conference Room, Ministry of Education, Alausa, Mrs. Adefisayo advised winners in the various competitions to have a change and growth mindset regardless of the situation they find themselves, adding that they must strive to be the best and continue to follow the path of success.
Maintaining that “Every individual can make a difference and change the World”, the Commissioner challenged the students to be technology savvy to enhance their ability to provide solutions to challenges in their academics and day-to-day affairs.
Mrs. Adefisayo reiterated the efforts by the State Government towards integrating technology usage in learning, highlighting its impact on the students during the COVID-19 Lockdown.
While acknowledging the positive contributions and impact of teachers on the children during the pandemic, Adefisayo urged them not to relent saying, “We had to embrace online teaching during this period and the response so far is quite impressive”.
The Lagos State team won 10 Trophies and 11 Medals in the National JETS Competition in various categories.
Felicia Kubode from Government Senior College, Ajara, emerged as Best National Female JETS student and clinched the Second Position in Technology while Olaleye Abdu Rahman of Taqwa Private School made First, Second and Third Positions in Primary Computer, Primary Science and Technology respectively. Okocha Emmanuel from Shasha Community School clinched the First Position in Computer Science.
The team also emerged First runner up in the National Theme Project through Adeboye Folarin and Clare Eyimoro of Doregos Private School. Okegbola Treasure of Eva Adelaja Girls Junior School, Bariga, emerged Third in Basic Science, while the Lagos State Team emerged as Second overall best in the Federation, and also won other prizes.
In the Sustainable Development Goals Mathematics Competition for Junior Girls, the State Team clinched the Second and Third Positions won by Babalola Aishat of Gbaja Girls Junior School and Asuelimhen Ofure Esther of Vetland Junior Grammar School, while at the World Science Day Competition, the First Position in Biology was clinched by Okocha Emmanuel of Shasha Community Senior High School.
The Y2020 Robotics State Finals Senior Category recorded Epe Senior Grammar School as the first, while Birch Freeman Senior High School and Ojo Senior High School emerged in second and third positions.
In the junior category, Junior Model College Meiran took the first position, beating Oriwu Junior Model College and Festac Girls Junior Secondary School to second and third positions respectively.
Responding on behalf of other winners, Okocha Emmanuel, a student of Shasha Community Senior High School, promised the Honourable Commissioner that the students will strive towards achieving greater glory for Lagos State and the Nation in the area of scientific discoveries and technological inventions in tandem with the vision of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu for a Greater Lagos.